Still combing the schedule for this year’s not-to-miss shows? To help you out, we’ve asked staff to share their picks for this year’s fest.
Meet Michelle, our longest reigning staff member, after the founders. She’s a proud bibliophile, with a breadth of pointless facts, and a wordsmith (check out her greeting card line: Gobsmack’d Greetings) with a background in events: she used to juggle 150 a year! Her talents come together each year at SF Sketchfest, where she is our beloved Volunteer Manager, who occasionally moonlights as House Manager. Also, Michelle is a peaty scotch enthusiast, who would like you to know she wore glasses long before the nerd girl fanciers made it trendy again. If this resonates with you, check out her staff pick!
What you do for SFSF: Manage the SF Sketchfest volunteer army, wrangle lines, house manage venues, sell t-shirts, tell amusing anecdotes in the lobby, whatever is needed.
# of SF Sketchfests you’ve worked: 13. Almost all. I went to the first one as an audience member and then just stuck around doing this and that for each one after.
Show/Shows you’re most excited for this year: The Tribute to Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer.
Why: I still fall into hysterics when I watch the Stonehenge scene in This Is Spinal Tap and I think Big Bottom is in the Top 25 on my iPod. And I love hearing talented people who create, comedy, art or whatever, talk shop.
Favorite venue in SF: California Academy of Sciences
Favorite SF Sketchfest Moment: One of my favorite things over the years is seeing all the kids interested in comedy or improv who volunteer at SF Sketchfest because they love comedy and want to see shows, who then come back a few years later as performers in the festival. Talk about your circle of life, Mufasa.
Michelle hard at work, scheduling SF Sketchfest Volunteer Shifts!